Daniel Jaffé explains how a ramble in the Essex countryside led the composer of The Planets to a church with a charismatic vicar, who would go on to inspire several works.
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He had rhythm, he had music… but for all his catchiness and easy-going charm, Gershwin deserves to be taken much more seriously.
Saint-Saëns has a reputation as the curmudgeon of French music. But his music is also passionate, daring and wickedly funny.
Melancholic French composer Ernest Chausson’s declared wish was “to write one page that enters the heart”. In fact, he wrote many.